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Wendy Cevola 9/23/17 More projects plus into the kiln.
VampiressRN
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Posted: 2011-09-23 1:37 pm   Permalink

Wow...those are awesome...can't wait to see the bowl.

Those birds are gorgeous...they sure like Dan.
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-09-25 6:35 pm   Permalink

Hi Vamp, everyone loves Dan! We wish those birds were all ours. Too much work.

Well I've finished all 12 woman. Here's a quick recap of how she came to be.


I did the sculpt in Sculpey clay.



Finished the sculpture of the face in the clay. Ready to mold.



Coming out of the mold.



Going back to other pages you will see how I broke many when sanding them. Then some blew up in the oven. 12 survived and now I've painted them.



Fish and pineapples!








Next I'll be baking them to set the cold paint. Then I'll work on the bowls to go with them. Lots more work to be done. Cheers, Wendy






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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-09-25 7:13 pm   Permalink

Another great pair Wendy! Excited to see the bowls that go with them.

My local Michael's didn't carry Liquitex Glossies so I picked up some Pebeo Porcelaine 150 for my mosaic repair. It's a bake-on too, I'll let you know how it works out.
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tigertail777
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Posted: 2011-09-25 11:39 pm   Permalink

Wonderful Wendy! Can you tell me what kind of "cold paint" you are using, and how it works (you bake it on??? really?) would that stuff work on metals? I have a friend that wants me to paint tiger stripes on his orange bike frame and I can't find anything that sticks.

You know, much as I have worked with sculpey I never came to the realization that you could make mold castings out of a piece made from it. Of course the number of molds I have mad can be counted on one hand...so I am not terribly familiar with how that whole process works. The main thing I have made a mold for was a latex mask, and the quick set plaster was nerve wracking to work with: that stuff had all kinds of huge warnings on the bag about how it could burn your skin if it came in contact...I was so terrified even with a mask that I was going to inhale some I held my breath the whole time I poured it. Good thing too: the stuff melted my original clay sculpt, I had to scrape it out.

Can't wait to see how the women look with the bowls, those are just going to be stunning!:)


 
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swizzle
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Posted: 2011-09-26 12:53 am   Permalink

The hand painted details you have added to all the girls look fantastic Wendy. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favourite, but i really like these last two with the fish and pineapples.
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-09-26 08:43 am   Permalink

Hi Swizzle, thank you. I haven't picked a favorite myself.

tigertail777, when I started doing ceramics every thing I made was shipped to Gecko in Hawaii. Because of that I sculpted in Sculpey and baked it hard before it went into the mail. It's much better to use sculpture clay. Now that we do it all sculpture to finished product I use Roma Plastilina number 4 clay. This way I can change it at any time if there are undercuts. You can still make multiple molds. When your project is done you can reuse the clay. Right now I'm using the clay from the crawl decanter to make a new mug.

You need some masks to wear. When you pour the plaster out of the bag or mix in the water there are particles too small to see. They stay in the air a long time. When you inhale them they harden in your moist lungs. Over time you will destroy your lungs. It's the same problem with the slip and clay. When it dries and becomes dust or you sand your work you are breathing a toxic substance. We wear masks all the time and after a day of working Dan while continuing to wear masks he mops the garage floors while I wipe down all the table tops with wet paper towels that I throw away. If you don't start good habits now you will have a very bad old age.

The cold paint I use is Liquitex glossies. I buy them on line from Dick Blick on-line because I've not found an art store that sells them. Michael's used to but stopped in my area. It is a wonderful product and has the same colors as old vintage mugs. I can use them straight out of the bottle or mix them into colors to repair nicks and chips. The best filler is Elmer's Carpenter's Wood Filler. Over fill and then sand when completely dry. Paint and bake.

The glossies says it will work on primed metal. The instructions for ceramics are to clean with alcohol before painting. It doesn't say if that works for metal. Since you can't put the bike in an oven you could use a heat lamp or leave it in the sun. Hot water will make it come back off of ceramics so you don't put it on objects for the dishwasher and I wouldn't submerge them in any water just in case. They are not to come in contact with food or drink.

Maybe primed metal is sanded metal to make it a bit rough. Maybe customized bike posts on-line could lead you to someone who would know best. Good Luck and post photos if you do it. Cheers, Wendy
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zerostreet
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Posted: 2011-09-26 08:55 am   Permalink

These are great! Love that close up of the unpainted face, great job!

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-09-26 6:49 pm   Permalink

Thanks zerostreet, I like that photo too.

Today it was my turn to wear the hat that the Lorakeets love to chew. There's not much left so they had fun pulling my hair out the top. Here are my two favorite photos from today. Wendy












 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2011-09-26 7:37 pm   Permalink

Great pictures...those birds are so beautiful...where do you go to see them?

 
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2011-09-27 11:26 am   Permalink

Such sweet pictures!
those lorakeets appear to love you as much as we all do!


 
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tigertail777
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Posted: 2011-09-27 6:45 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the advice there Wendy... good lord I had no idea this stuff was so ridiculously dangerous to work with. I am not touching any of what is left till I get a proper mask I don't need my asthma to get any worse.

And as for your photo... the following lyrics went through my head when I saw that:

Our show is delightful we hope you'll agree
We hope that it fills you with pleasure and glee
Because if we don't make you feel like that
We're gonna wind up on the lady's hat


 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2011-09-28 09:45 am   Permalink

VampiressRN got a long PM from me days ago.

little lost tiki, it always brings me joy when you stop by. We all love you, Wendy

tigertail777, it is very important to be safe I'm glad I could head you in the right direction.

I saw a decorative plaque at the Cancer Society store and thought I could change it to decorate my kiln shed. Here's what I did. Cheers, Wendy

















 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2011-09-28 10:26 am   Permalink

Nice sign Wendy (beautiful picture of you too) Your ceramics studio is cleaner than my kitchen!!!
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Q-tiki
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Posted: 2011-09-28 2:20 pm   Permalink

Wow! What an amazing thread. Kudos to you for such selfless sharing of your trials, tribulations and subsequent knowledge gained during the last year.

Your work is simply beautiful.

Cheers to you!


 
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2011-09-28 2:48 pm   Permalink

That sign says it all!!! Good addition.

 
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